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MARIAH HU­BERT

Test­ing Spe­cial­ist, Florida Gate­way Col­lege I can't stand it when peo­ple put their phones on the ta­ble dur­ing meals, whether it's at home or at a res­tau­rant. It feels like they value their phones more than my com­pany.

BRENDA GRINER

Ad­vo­cate for Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties I find it odd when peo­ple hold their phones out in front of their mouths like they're talk­ing on CB ra­dios.

ALEXAN­DRA CROW

Cro­chet De­signer Rel­a­tives al­ways try to FaceTime with me in the mo­ments when I hap­pen to not be wear­ing clothes.

ALYSSA TODD

HR Man­ager, JCPen­ney One time, a lady on her phone came over to the check­out line where I was work­ing. She was very into her con­ver­sa­tion, so I didn't ask her any of the ques­tions I nor­mally asked cus­tomers. Be­fore she left, she de­cided—while still on the phone—to lec­ture me about how rude I was for not speak­ing to her!

MACKEN­ZIE KELLY

Fit­ness Model One of my big­gest pet peeves is when peo­ple at the gym are ei­ther tak­ing self­ies of them­selves in the mir­ror or ex­ces­sively talk­ing on the phone while I'm try­ing to work out.

MARLA BE­DEN­BAUGH

Stay-at-Home Mom I can't tell you how many times I've had peo­ple com­plain to me about what some­one “said” in a text mes­sage. The fact is, if you didn't hear the tone of voice, you shouldn't jump to con­clu­sions!

MICHAEL GER­BER

Mail Car­rier, United States Postal Ser­vice I find it su­per an­noy­ing when peo­ple use their phones to pacify their chil­dren (es­pe­cially if the child doesn't need to be paci­fied in the first place). Another thing that trou­bles me about tech­nol­ogy is how de­pen­dent we've be­come on it. Peo­ple can't re­mem­ber birthdays, phone num­bers, or even how to give good driv­ing di­rec­tions!

TABITHA SEDGEWICK

Lead­er­ship and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Trainer Just get on the phone with me. Some con­ver­sa­tions are be­yond tex­ting!

ZAC RADKE

IT Di­rec­tor It's pretty frus­trat­ing when you're tex­ting with some­one and they ei­ther can't de­cide what to say or ac­ci­den­tally leave the cur­sor in the text box. Mean­while, you're left wait­ing in sus­pense as you stare at the three an­i­mated mes­sag­ing dots mov­ing across the screen. Or what about when you have to lis­ten to peo­ple talk­ing loudly on the phone or, even worse, dic­tat­ing a text mes­sage in public. Hear­ing them pro­nounce punc­tu­a­tion in a mono­tone voice such as “ex­cla­ma­tion point” and “smi­ley face” just sounds weird.

KRISTY LOCKE

Reg­is­tered Nurse I don't un­der­stand why peo­ple think it's okay to take your pic­ture and post it to so­cial media with­out your per­mis­sion.

KAT RICHARDS

Barn Man­ager and Horse Trainer Tex­ting and driv­ing! I hate it!

TY HARRIS

Stu­dent You know when peo­ple use "ty" in place of "thank you"? I thought peo­ple were drop­ping my name in ran­dom places dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions for six months be­fore re­al­iz­ing they were ac­tu­ally thank­ing me.

MADE­LINE WHEEL­WRIGHT Loan Of­fi­cer, 121 Fi­nan­cial Credit Union It's funny when peo­ple overly ab­bre­vi­ate their text mes­sages, es­pe­cially older peo­ple! Weren't they the gen­er­a­tion al­ways get­ting on my case about us­ing slang or slur­ring my words?

July/ Au­gust 2015

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